SmackDown takes place tonight from the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Daniel Bryan takes on Buddy Murphy on the show. Last week, Bryan and Rowan forced Murphy to say he was lying about Rowan being Roman Reigns' mystery attacker. Later, Bryan claimed they conducted their own investigation and know the attacker's true identity. Bryan said they would reveal the attacker tonight.
The King of the Ring tournament continues with two first-round matches on the SmackDown side of the bracket. Kevin Owens takes on Elias, and Apollo Crews goes one-on-one with Andrade. Samoa Joe and Cedric Alexander advanced to the quarterfinals last night on Raw.
Randy Orton and The Revival defeated The New Day last week. After the match, Orton gave each New Day member the RKO. Orton and The Revival then laid out New Day again on Raw last night. WWE.com is teasing that Kofi Kingston promises to respond to the attacks.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Randy Orton made his way down to the ring to start SmackDown. David Otunga joins the announce team tonight as Corey Graves is still on vacation.
They recapped Orton and Revival beating down Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods last night on Raw. Orton made Kingston watch Revival injured Woods's knee.
Orton called Kingston stupid repeatedly. He noted Kingston ran from him at SummerSlam. He said he took out the Power of Positivity with the RKO.
The New Day’s music hit and Orton waited in the ring. Kingston attacked Orton from behind and hit the Trouble in Paradise. Kingston brought in a chair and wrapped it around Orton’s ankle.
Kingston climbed to the top and teased jumping on the chair, but The Revival ran out. Kingston fought The Revival off and beat them with the chair. Orton escaped and ran to the back.
They recapped the Roman Reigns attacker angle. Daniel Bryan promises to reveal the attacker's identity later. On commentary, David Otunga claimed he talked to a lawyer friend, and knows that Bryan has down extensive work.
Tom Philips congratulated NXT for the huge announcement earlier today that it’s coming to the USA Network on September. 18.
Kevin Owens entered Shane McMahon’s office. Owens is trying to remain calm and focus on his King of the Ring match later. Owens noted that being fined $100,000 is on his mind.
Owens pointed out the fine hurts his family. Owens noted McMahon is a good father and knows a fine like that hurts. He asked McMahon to reconsider the enormous fine. McMahon said he’d think about it.
Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) defeated Apollo Crews in a First Round King of the Ring match
This was a good match. Right at the bell, Crews rocked Andrade with a clothesline for a near fall. Andrade fought back and hit the double knees in the corner for a two count. Andrade locked on an armbar in the ropes. He attempted a cross body off the top, but Crews countered with a dropkick in mid-air.
Andrade hit a plancha into a hurricanrana and sent Crews into the rings steps. Back from the break, Crews launched Andrade in the air into double knees. He hit the Olympic Slam for a near fall.
Crews attempted a press slam, but his injured arm gave out. Andrade missed the double knees in the corner. Crews hit a standing shooting star press for a very close near fall.
Crews tried to pull Andrade into the ring, but Vega grabbed Andrade’s leg. Crews tried to go after Vega. Andrade recovered and hit the Hammerlock DDT for the win and advances to the quarterfinals on the SmackDown side.
In the back, Daniel Bryan and Rowan walked a guy in a black hood into a room. Bryan said he knows what he did. Bryan told the guy in the hood not to move from his chair, or he’ll be sorry.
24/7 Champion Elias was walking backstage when he noticed a referee in disguise. He found Drake Maverick hiding and choked him. Elias made Maverick read a note from Shane McMahon. The 24/7 Championship is suspended for the night so Elias can focus on his King of the Ring match.
A Moment of Bliss with Guest Charlotte Flair
Women’s Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross came out for a Moment of Bliss. Bliss introduced their guest Charlotte Flair. Bliss noted that Flair requested this time. Flair pointed at the King of the Ring throne and noted that chair’s more her style.
Bliss noted that some people call the SmackDown Woman’s Champion Bayley the face of SmackDown.
Flair noted Bayley’s not marketable like her. Flair pointed out that Bayley and the division is an afterthought.
Bayley walked out and noted Flair’s just making a bunch of excuses. In the end, Bayley's champion. That means that Bayley is better than her.
Flair pointed out that at SummerSlam, everyone was talking about her, not Bayley. Bayley devalued the belt, and now Flair has to clean it up. Flair challenged Bayley to a match at Clash of Champions and Bayley accepted. Bayley then hit Flair and knocked her out of her chair.
Backstage, Roman Reigns approached Buddy Murphy. Reigns wants to know if Murphy is lying to him or Daniel Bryan.
Murphy said he’s pretty sure he saw Rowan in the hallway. Reigns said if Murphy is lying, he’s going to come back for him.
Buddy Murphy defeated Daniel Bryan (w/Rowan)
Before the match, Bryan called Murphy a liar and promised to reveal the real culprit later. They’re also going to reveal that Murphy had something to do with it too.
This was another good match. Murphy rocked Bryan with a knee for a close near fall at the bell. Bryan fought back and hit Murphy with forearms. Bryan followed up with a kick to the back.
Murphy fired back with hard chops and whipped Bryan into the corner.
Bryan did a backflip out of the corner and landed on his feet. Murphy sent Bryan to the floor and hit a flip dive.
Back from the break, Murphy hit the Meteora for a very close two count. Murphy favored his arm. Bryan applied the Lebell Lock, but Murphy made it to the ropes. The fans broke into a loud “Let’s Go Buddy” chant.
Bryan rocked Murphy with kicks and yelled at him to stay down. Murphy kept getting back up. Murphy fought back, but Bryan trapped him in the tree of woe and hit a dropkick. Bryan followed up with a belly-to-back suplex off the top for a very close near fall.
Murphy hit a superkick in the corner and hit running sit-out powerbomb for a very close two count. Bryan and Murphy traded hard shots in the middle of the ring.
Bryan rocked Murphy with uppercuts. Murphy countered the running knee into a backslide for a two count.
Murphy hit a knee and a kamigoye for another near fall. Rowan jumped on the apron and distracted Murphy. Bryan rolled up Murphy for a near fall.
Murphy rocked Rowan with a superkick and knocked him off the apron. Murphy caught Bryan with a knee and hit Murphy’s Law for the win.
Kayla Braxton tried to interview Buddy Murphy in the back, but Daniel Bryan and Rowan attacked him. Rowan gave Murphy the Iron Claw on a box.
The Revival defeated Heavy Machinery
Before the match, The Revival challenged SmackDown Tag Team Champions New Day for Clash of Champions. The Revival was selling the injuries from Kofi Kingston’s attack earlier.
Tucker caught Wilder in a bear hug and worked over the injured ribs. Tucker tagged in Otis and tossed Wilder into his arms. Otis and Tucker gave Dash, and Dawson delayed standing vertical suplex.
Back from the break, Wilder hit a bulldog on Tucker for a two count. Dawson missed an elbow off the top. Otis got the hot tag and ran wild. He hit the caterpillar on Wilder and set up for the compacter. Dawson made the save and Wilder rolled up Tucker for the win.
Kayla Braxton approached Chad Gable and asked about being the underdog in the King of the Ring tournament. Gable talked about overcoming obstacles in the past. In the background, Shelton Benjamin placed a sign on Gable’s door.
Gable turned around and saw the sign that was placed high on the door. It read, “You must be this tall to enter the King of the Ring.” This got a big laugh from the fans.
Miz TV with Guest Sami Zayn
Miz introduced his guest Sami Zayn and noted he requested this interview time. Zayn pointed out he doesn’t care about Miz or the show but needed the interview time. Miz noted Zayn’s been on a losing streak.
Zayn was trapped in WWE’s greed. Zayn as always fought for causes and what’s right. He realized there are people on SmackDown that need his help.
Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura made his way down to the ring. Miz asked Nakamura why he’d associate with Zayn. Zayn pointed out that Nakamura’s Japanese and Miz asked the question in English.
Zayn called Nakamura an artist and poet. Zayn said they understand each other. Zayn is now going to speak for Nakamura. Miz tried to ask Nakamura a question, but he pointed at Zayn. Nakamura jumped Miz from behind and beat him down. Zayn pulled Nakamura off and backed him into the corner. Zayn pretended to check on Miz but held him up for Nakamura to hit the Kinshasa.
In the back, Daniel Bryan and Rowan entered the locker room. They approached the guy in the hood. Bryan was furious and noted he called Roman Reigns.
Kevin Owens entered Shane McMahon’s office. McMahon asked Owens to apologize for attacking a referee. McMahon’s considering lifting the fine, but if Owens touches another official, he’s fired. Owens stuck out his hand for a handshake, but McMahon’s not quite there yet.
Elias defeated Kevin Owens in a First Round King of the Ring match
Owens had the early advantage and sent Elias to the floor. Owens attempted a dive, but Elias walked off. Owens and Elias brawled on the floor. Elias sent Owens into the steps to briefly take over. Owens fought back and hit a cannonball in the corner.
Suddenly, Shane McMahon’s music hit and he walked down to ringside. Back from break, Elias was firmly in control with a chin lock. McMahon watched the match from ringside. During the break, Owens hit a frog splash off the apron to the floor.
Elias rocked Owens with a knee for a two count. He slowed the pace down with a chin lock on Owens. Owens fought back and attempted a pop-up powerbomb, but Elias avoided.
Elias hit a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Owens and Elias fought on the top turnbuckle. Owens shoved him off and attempted a Swanton bomb, but Elias got the knees up.
Owens sent Elias to the floor and hit a cannonball off the apron. Suddenly, McMahon jumped up and took off his shirt revealing a referee’s shirt.
McMahon entered the ring, and the original referee stepped out. Owens went for the stunner, but Elias pushed off. Owens almost ran into McMahon but stopped. Elias rolled up Owens and McMahon made a fast three count for the win.
In the back, Roman Reigns entered Daniel Bryan’s locker room. Bryan noted that he said Rowan didn’t do it and nobody believed him. He then revealed the real culprit and pulled off the hood, revealing a guy that looked identical to Rowan. Reigns looked at both Rowan and the “real culprit.”